The producers of “Game of Thrones,” the popular fantasy show on HBO, apologized for impaling George W. Bush in an episode of the program.
OK, they didn’t exactly impale the former president; however, during a scene in the show’s first season, one head on a spike closely resembled that of Bush. The show’s producers revealed this in a DVD commentary, which was caught by a Reddit user and shared by the Gawker-owned blog io9
The story quick went viral on Wednesday.
By way of apology, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told The Hollywood Reporter
“We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can't afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”
HBO also weighed in with this statement to THR
“We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.”
The apologies came within hours of the story going viral.